MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 20, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 20, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 20, 2021] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center
HOT NEWS
  1. Biden’s Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, confirmed Biden’s commitment to engage very quickly with Russia to extend the obligation of the New START treaty. Source: Sputnik
  2. The U.S. declared that China is committing genocide on Uighurs people as the Chinese state party attempt to use what is seen as a systematic means to destroy Uighurs. Source: CNA
  3. Iranian Central Bank urged South Korea to display political willingness in resolving the issues regarding the freezing of Iran’s funds in South Korean banks. Source: KBS World Radio
WORLD
  1. Trump authorized the declassification of a set of documents investigated by the FBI in 2016 regarding Russia’s involvement in Trump’s election win, before he leaves the office. Source: TASS
  2. The Bank of France’s governor has reported that almost 2,500 jobs and at least 170 billion euros in assets have been driven to France after Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Source: The Guardian
  3. May accused PM Johnson of abandoning the U.K.’s global moral leadership by threatening to break international law during Brexit talk and withdraw from foreign aid targets. Source: The Guardian
REGIONS
  1. Taiwan staged military drills by using tanks, mortar and small arms in response to Chinese sanctions on the U.S. officials, and to display the nation’s military might. Source: Al Jazeera
  2. Thailand’s Cabinet announced a new financial aid scheme called ‘Rhao Chana’ which is worth 210 billion baht to provide 7,000 baht per person for 2 months amid the pandemic. Source: Bangkok Post 
  3. China is rushing to build thousands of prefabricated rooms in the outskirts of Shijiazhuang city to serve as a quarantine facility in coping with COVID-19. Source: The Straits Times
CAMBODIA
  1. PM Hun Sen made a request to India to study the possibility of the Free Trade Agreement with the aims to expand trade and investment between the two sides. Source: Fresh News
  2. Cambodia will receive the first 300,000 of the promised one million doses of Sinopharm from China by early next month, following an acceptance announcement by the PM. Source: Khmer Times 
  3. The General Department of Customs and Excise and Taxation have officially launched data automation systems which will further improve inter-institutional cooperation. Source: AKP